In your share this week:
- Salad Mix
- Romaine Head Lettuce
- Garlic Scapes
- Japanese Turnips
Farmer Shain says we can start harvesting kale next week. We are also hoping the first outside planting of salad mix will be ready very soon. We prefer the smaller sized greens, but had to make do with what was available (a second cut from the larger salad greens still growing in greenhouse 7) Why the wait? Remember how long those spring rains lasted? This put Shain's planting schedule a little behind and we are eagerly waiting for the next batch of greens to be ready.
Don't panic on the larger quantity of garlic scapes you are receiving this week (and probably next week too). I highly suggest you take the time to use them in your cooking this week and then preserve the rest. Scapes will store for quite a while (weeks) in your refrigerator produce drawer in just a loose bag. They also store very well in the freezer (I cut them up small with scissors and freeze in baggies). If you make pesto, this amount will make about 2 batches (which also freezes very well). I know pistachios and many other nuts are very expensive right now, but making pesto it's worth it! We have had great success with combining a more expensive nut with a cheaper alternative without too much difference in taste. Many recipes need only 1/2 cup nuts per batch, so a little bag goes a long way. Try it!
This should be the last bumper crop of radishes for the season. The radishes growing in greenhouse 7 have bolted and it's uncertain if the crop in gh 2 will make it another week. Today's talk among the workshares was to turn the bounty into jars of pickled radishes. There are several recipes on line and they look very easy to make. Basically it's just slicing the radishes, adding to mason jars, pouring in various liquids, add a few seasonings, and voila! **Edited to say that Carol's pickled radish recipe has been to this website. Click here.
This week's farm projects will include a little more transplanting (basil goes in the row from where we just harvested the Romaine heads) and a LOT of weeding.
We have family coming for the 4th of July holiday, so there's some fun on the schedule too!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!